March 8, 2016 |
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of the series finale of "Downton Abbey," which aired Sunday on PBS' "Masterpiece. " In the end, no member of the household staff was hanged, for murder or anything else, and no member of the audience was left hanging. In a satisfying, occasionally too satisfying, two-hour finale written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, we learned to pronounce "marchioness. " That's the title Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) acquired upon her marriage to Bertie Pelham, marquess of Hexham (Harry Hadden-Paton)
February 22, 2016 |
Spoiler Alert: This column discusses a thorny aspect of modern TV-watching that has divided spouses, friends, and the East and West Coasts while causing headaches for people who write about television. If you've ever googled Downton Abbey and stumbled across a plot development that hadn't yet occurred on this side of the pond, where the finale that aired in Britain on Christmas Day is still a few weeks away, or ventured onto Twitter halfway through Netflix's House of Cards to find RIPs for characters you didn't know were dead, you know the pain of the TV spoiler.
November 13, 2015 |
"The 33" opens with the cheerful news that 12,000 people are killed every year in mining accidents around the world. From there, the movie has nowhere to go but up, even as it relates the often harrowing true story of 33 Chilean miners trapped in the collapse of a gold mine. The men survive (it was on CNN, people, this is not a spoiler), but the movie itself is almost fatally conventional. It opens at a retirement party for a longtime mine worker, so we don't miss the Disaster Movie Irony of the old-timer nearly being buried alive on his last shift.
November 13, 2015 |
"THE 33" opens with the cheerful news that 12,000 people are killed every year in mining accidents around the world. From there, the movie has nowhere to go but up, even as it relates the often harrowing true story of 33 Chilean miners trapped in the collapse of a gold mine. The men survive (it was on CNN, people, this is not a spoiler), but the movie itself is almost fatally conventional. It opens at a retirement party for a longtime mine worker, so we don't miss the Disaster Movie Irony of the old-timer nearly being buried alive on his last shift.
September 28, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - When Pete Mackanin and the Phillies arrived at Nationals Park yesterday afternoon, they had the chance to take part in the conclusion of the National League East race before the end of the weekend - and possibly as early as today. The New York Mets' magic number to clinch the division was 3, meaning that any combination of Mets wins and Nationals losses that totaled three in the coming weekend would crown New York the champ and eliminate Washington from playoff contention.
May 7, 2015
IN "THE D TRAIN," Jack Black is Keyser Soze. He's the psychologist who treats a kid who sees dead people, then realizes he's dead. He's the guy in "The Crying Game" whose girlfriend has an Adam's apple. He is, in short, a guy at the center of a jaw-dropping plot turn. Should this plot point be revealed? In the case of "The D Train," opening Friday, it's a divisive question. Some critics are doing it, some aren't. So, we put it to the highest authority we could think of - Jack Black, who stars in "The D Train," and who produced it. "Its tricky!"
April 12, 2015 |
The Flyers have extra motivation as they end their disappointing season Saturday afternoon against Ottawa at the Wells Fargo Center: They will be trying to prevent the surging Senators from clinching a playoff spot. "They'll be coming in with a lot of intensity, something I think we need from an opponent," said Flyers goalie Steve Mason, who will finish the best season of his seven-year career. "Hopefully, we'll be able to come away and ruin their season. " Ottawa (42-26-13), which owns a stunning 22-4-4 record since Feb. 10, can clinch a playoff spot if it registers one point.
January 7, 2014 |
At Invisible Sentinel, a biotech company in West Philadelphia where scientists each day conduct the serious business of trying to ensure a safer food supply, this is a day for raising a celebratory glass. Wine would be the appropriate libation. The seven-year-old start-up in University City Science Center is announcing Monday a partnership that will broaden its focus beyond food - to protecting wine from what some consider a taste-spoiler. The 17-employee company is pairing with Jackson Family Wines in Sonoma County, Calif., to develop a rapid diagnostic to detect brettanomyces, a nemesis to some vintners.
November 23, 2013 |
Andy Talley is a realist, which is why the Villanova football coach understands that his team can be only in the rare position of spoiler for the season finale against rival Delaware at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at PPL Park in Chester. Villanova qualified for the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs four of the previous five seasons, winning the national championship in 2009 and advancing to the semifinals in 2010. Last season the Wildcats again earned a berth as the regular-season Colonial Athletic Association champion and they were picked to repeat this season.
November 16, 2013 |
While Penn faces long odds in retaining its Ivy League football crown, the Quakers still believe they have plenty to play for. After last week's 38-26 loss to Princeton, Penn is 4-4 overall, 3-2 in the Ivy League, two games behind the first-place Tigers with two to play. Princeton would eliminate the Quakers by winning either this week at home against Yale or next week at Dartmouth. So now Penn is in the rare role of playing spoiler when it visits Harvard (7-1, 4-1) at noon Saturday.